On the Road Together for January 13&14
For January 13 & 14, 2018
“…and they stayed with
him that day.”
You & I can, too!
By Tracy Rodenborn
Director of RCIA
Many years ago on a retreat I was given a Gospel passage to reflect upon, and it is the same Gospel passage as we have this weekend. There are so many wonderful things about this passage to explore: how John the Baptist so willingly gave up his own followers to Jesus, what he meant by calling Jesus the Lamb of God, and who is the unnamed second disciple who was with Andrew and Jesus that day, While all of these are wonderful avenues to pursue to grasp the full meaning of this Gospel, just one line stuck with me on that retreat: “and they stayed with him that day.” How amazing it must have been for those two disciples of John to just spend the day with Jesus. It is neat to imagine what their conversation must have been like and what happened in that time for Andrew to immediately seek out his brother afterwards and tell him that they have indeed found the Messiah!
What does it mean to spend the day with Jesus for you and for me right now? I must admit, sometimes I get discouraged when I think of how to fit that in with everything else happening. Occasionally I look back to a time before marriage, children and jobs, when I felt I could more readily go on an eight day silent retreat over break, or wake up in the morning to many quiet moments of prayer and reflection. Sometimes, it seems, the past was easier to “spend the day with Jesus” than the present is now.
What I am learning, and this Gospel reminds me of this, is that we are called to live out our Christian hope differently within the various circumstances of our lives. In a 2005 document issued by the US Catholic Bishops,
Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord
, a paragraph speaks to that:
Lay men and women hear and answer the universal call to holiness primarily and uniquely in the secular realm. They are found “in each and every one of the world’s occupations and callings and in the ordinary circumstances of social and family life which, as it were, form the context of their existence. There they are called by God to contribute to the sanctification of the world from within, like leaven, in the spirit of the Gospel, by fulfilling their own particular duties.”
(p, 8. Quotes are from
When we reflect on this weekend’s readings, let us think of the ways we really do stay with Jesus this day. Maybe it is in the adoration chapel or going on a spiritual retreat. Or maybe we can find out how to spend the day with Jesus at the office, making school lunches, gathering papers to refinance or sending those thank you notes for our Christmas gifts. Imagine what we would say if Jesus asked us, “What are you doing right now? What are you looking for right now?” With Jesus we can find a way to do all these things for the Lord and do them with great love. That is the universal call to holiness.
When we spend the day with Jesus, in whatever setting we find ourselves, imagine the conversations we could have! Imagine in this very moment the possibilities when we can proclaim, with the Psalmist, “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.”
Just like the two new disciples: stay with Jesus this day.
Readings for Mass
Sent by Beverly Aviles on Thursday, January 11 at 4:07PM